Lecture: The Naked TruthMarvelyn Brown will give a lecture, sponsored by the African American Studies Program, on living with HIV/AIDS. Her lecture, entitled "The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive," focuses on her personal story of living HIV positive.
Ms. Brown, a 29-year-old native Tennessean, learned she was HIV-positive at age 19. Since that time, she has appeared on television and shared her compelling personal story at hundreds of colleges, universities, churches, and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Her autobiography, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, was published by Amistad/HarperCollins in 2008.
Her humanitarian work earned her a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding National PSA; BET's Rap It Up campaign named Brown one of the 25 "HEROES" in the HIV/AIDS epidemic; in 2009 she won the Do Something Award which resulted in her face and story on the back of millions of Nacho Cheese Doritos bags nationwide; and in 2010, she was inducted into "The Heroes In The Struggle Photo Exhibit" by The Magic Johnson Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute. She was named a Modern Day Black History month hero by BET and was honored by the New Jersey NETS in 2011 as part of their Black History Month honoring influential people initiative.
Brown has appeared on many television shows and radio programs and in print media. Some highlights include appearing on CNN's Black in America, Frontline's ENDGAME, The Oprah Winfrey Show, America's Next Top Model, America's Best Dance Crew, CBS's The Early Show, numerous BET's Rap It Up episodes, and MTV's programming. She has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Michael Baisden Show, Steve Wilko's Show, as well as the Tyra Banks Show. Articles including her story have appeared in Newsweek, U.S. News and Report, Fortune 500, Ebony, Black Beat, and ESSENCE. Brown has appeared in print in the United Kingdom, with feature stories in Cosmopolitan, Pride, and Fabulous. Brown has also graced the covers of A&U, POZ, and The Ave.
The lecture is scheduled for March 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Heritage Hall, Room 102. The lecture is being sponsored by the African American Studies Program at UAB.